Category Archives: States and Regions

Was will der Islamische Staat? Zur Strategie des IS hinter den Anschlägen in Europa und den USA

von Dr. Adrian Hänni and Lukas Hegi. In einem Leitartikel räsonierte der Chefredaktor der Schaffhauser Nachrichten, Robin Blanck, anlässlich der Gewalttat von Nizza über das Kalkül hinter den Anschlägen der Terrormiliz “Islamischer Staat” (IS) in den europäischen Städten und gelangte … Continue reading

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Turkey finally makes a move on its long sought Syrian buffer zone

On Wednesday the 23 August Turkey initiated its long sought after buffer zone in northeast Syria with a bang. At 4.a.m in artillery rained down on Islamic State (ISIS) positions followed by airstrikes carried out by Turkish F-16’s – marking … Continue reading

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Iran ISOICO Shipyard Update

The latest commercial satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s ISOICO shipyard near Bostanu. In June, the Kilo-class attack submarine and the Kharg (431) replenishment ship departed the shipyard and relocated back to Bander Abbas naval base. The vessels … Continue reading

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Unauthorised Troops on Foreign Soil: Wild West in the Middle East

Beginning of August, the BBC released the first ever photographs of British special forces in Syria (see one of the photos on the right). The photos showed twelve heavily armed elite soldiers with four accompanying vehicles and weapons. They were … Continue reading

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African Drone Apron Update

The U.S. continues to expand drone aprons at African airfields in Djibouti and Niger, recent satellite imagery acquired by Digitalglobe confirms. Space snapshots acquired in July 2016 of Djibouti’s Chabelley airfield show the addition of four more clamshell shelters since … Continue reading

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Russia’s growing influence in the post-Arab Spring Middle East

Russia is set to maintain an indefinite presence in its airbase in Syria’s western Latakia province, from where it has been carrying out airstrikes in support of its sole remaining regional ally, the regime in Damascus. Following the Kremlin’s decisive … Continue reading

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How big of a threat are drones to Israel’s security?

In mid-July, an unmanned Russian drone accidentally infiltrated Israeli-controlled airspace on the Golan Heights from Syria and evaded three Israeli attempts to shoot it down. Initially believed to be deployed by the Shiite militia Hezbollah, this lone drone evaded two … Continue reading

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Now you can hear the Minsk peace agreement (Updated)

According to an article written by Andrew E. Kramer and published in the New York Times, the unarmed civilian observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) are patrolling only during the daytime. However, to mean that … Continue reading

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The strategic significance of US-Russian military coordination in Syria

The Obama administration recently proposed a new agreement with the Russians concerning military coordination in Syria. Washington essentially suggested that it could work together with the Russian military in Syria against the Syrian-based al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra if Russia agrees … Continue reading

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Das NATO-Gipfeltreffen in Warschau – Das Experteninterview

Anfangs Juli trafen sich die Mitgliedsstaaten der NATO zum biannualen Gipfeltreffen – dieses Mal in Warschau. Vor gut einer Woche haben wir eine ausführliche Zusammenfassung von Patrick Truffer veröffentlicht. Ausserdem hat Tilman Asmus Fischer, er studierte Geschichte und Kulturwissenschaft an … Continue reading

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